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Big D
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From: WELLS, NEVADA USA
Registered: Nov 2000

posted 04-30-2001 09:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Big D        Reply w/Quote
After reading about Joer's Export Brace, I have decided to leave my original in and just put a Monte Carlo Bar in.

Any preferences over straight or curved???
Any problems I can expect with install???

I have decided on black to match the original export brace... Or would stainless look better???

Don

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cynot65
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From: New York
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posted 04-30-2001 09:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cynot65        Reply w/Quote
Don,
My impression is that the straight bar is used when the round air cleaner is used and the curved one is used when the oval air cleaner is used. My car will have the oval cleaner so I will be using the curved Monte Carlo bar. I'm also going with the chrome one too
Tony C*

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mellowyellow
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From: So. Fl.
Registered: Aug 2000

posted 04-30-2001 10:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow        Reply w/Quote
I have the straight, unpainted, bar. My car has AC and the round engine dress up air cleaner. With the straight bar it is a little difficult to get to the distributor, but it's doable. I prefer the straight bar.

Tom351
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From: Marietta,GA
Registered: Mar 2001

posted 04-30-2001 10:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tom351        Reply w/Quote
I have straight, dist cap is tough to get out with it. You may need to use the vertical bolts to draw the bar down into position.

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 04-30-2001 06:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere        Reply w/Quote
The straight bar is functionally more useful, as the curved style allows the bar to flex easier.

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Big D
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From: WELLS, NEVADA USA
Registered: Nov 2000

posted 05-01-2001 10:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Big D        Reply w/Quote
The aftermarket export braces are suppose to stiffen things up... Will the Monte Carlo Bar work & look okay with the original export braces??

Or am I just spinning my wheels, as to speakkkk....

Don

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Ryan Wilke
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From: Stanton, Michigan, zip 48888
Registered: Oct 2000

posted 05-01-2001 01:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ryan Wilke        Reply w/Quote
Big D:
I'm no expert, but I'd have to say the one-piece export brace would be functionally better (i.e. stiffer) than the two-piece bracing. So ideally, a straight MC bar and a one-piece export brace would be your best bang for the buck.

As far as the straight bar interfering with your distributor; you could change your distributor cap to the "crab" or flat-cap style where the wires come off on the sides of the cap rather than off the top of the cap. I did it on my '69 and I have no problems... just my 2 cents worth.
Ryan

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